About Me

I am a physical therapist at Rose Phsysical Therapy Group in Washington, DC and an elite amateur triathlete with the Snapple/DC Tri Elite Team.  I am continually building my skill set to specifically treat endurance athletes.  I've had a competitive fire since I was young and triathlon has been an awesome stage to not only compete but form great relationships around.  I'm truly blessed in that I am able to meld my career around what I love.

Before grad school, I was an avid soccer player with big dreams of World Cups, Olympics, or the Professional ranks.  I played soccer through college at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, GA for 4 years.  I spent two summers playing semi-professionally for the MI Hawks Women.  I loved every second of training, games, team bus rides and road trips!  I would have been lost in college without it.  While at GSU I studied Exercise Science.   Between working out and maintaining my fitness level for soccer and studying the topic I became a little 'fitness nut'.  I began running to our weights sessions in the mornings and working on fitness tests on days off and throughout the off season.  Thus grew the desire and habit of working out 2x/day.

After completing my college soccer career I was a little lost.  I continued to run and lift weights, but began to lose the fitness I once knew.  In the spring season I happily joined the team on a few road trips to help them out since they were down due to injuries.  At the same time I competed in my first Triathlon, the GSU CRI Sprint Triathlon - a short sprint with a pool swim.  I took 2nd place in my age group but more importantly left with a passion for the sport!

I have now completed 2 full IMs (Ironman - IM Louisville 2012 and Ironman Lake Placid 2014).  I've qualified for the 2015 70.3 World Championships and look forward to testing myself along some of the best in the world.  Why do I tri?  For an array of reasons found throughout this blog.  For me, for competition, for health, for sanity, to feel alive, to break barriers and push limits, to feel at peace, to remember my dad...the list goes on and on.  Triathlon has brought me great friendships, new challenges, amazing learning opportunities and so much more.


  1. Hey Hollie I found your blog through the DCtri club :) I will also be doing IM Louisville this year :) We def need to meet up and do bike rides/runs together.

  2. Hey Hollie. I might be interested in bike coaching. I am 63, done 7 tris, but while no problem running (and terrible on the swims) I average 16 -17 on bike. Can't seem to get faster. So perhaps I need some coaching, but can only do 1 or 2 sessions. saaronso@gwu.edu